Oregon OC: NFL scouts ask dumb questions about Marcus Mariota

Thursday April 16th, 2015

Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Scott Frost says NFL scouts' concerns about Marcus Mariota's demeanor are "ridiculous." 

In the months leading up to the NFL draft, Frost has fielded plenty of questions from scouts about his former pupil. 

"Some of them were great questions and some of them were some of the dumbest questions I've ever heard," Frost said, according to The Oregonian. "I think it's ridiculous to think Marcus is too nice to play football. If that was the case, he wouldn't have won so many games around here."

During his three years at quarterback, Oregon went 36-5.

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The MMQB's Peter King wrote last month that Mariota "is such a nice and polite guy that many NFL people wonder if he has the nasty streak to bark at a teammate who messes up."

"Like if you punched him in the stomach, he might apologize to you," an NFL scout told SI.com's Thayer Evans and Pete Thamel in October​. “I just don’t know if he’s that alpha male that you’re looking for. This kid’s a kind of fly on the wall kind of guy."

Mariota won the 2014 Heisman Trophy after throwing for 4454 yards and 42 touchdowns as well as rushing for 770 yards and 15 touchdowns. 

He is jockeying with former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston for the No. 1 pick in the draft. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick first and the Tennessee Titans pick second. 

- Dan Gartland

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